Posts Tagged ‘Paper cut-outs’

Mary Virginia Carmack

Published February 25, 2010 by Molly

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The thing about collage is that anyone can do it, but few can do it well. The crucial thing is to balance artful non sequiturs with a kind of coded story, balancing visual with narrative interest. Mary Virginia Carmack is a master of the medium, crafting gorgeous enigmas from paper cut-outs. We detect a hint of Man Ray and a killer sense of color, but mostly a sensibility original enough to turn each image into an illustrated dream.

Nikki McClure

Published September 8, 2009 by Molly


Nikki McClure is a self-taught artist who wields an X-acto knife to charm bold images from single sheets of paper. “All in a Day“, her children’s book with author Cynthia Rylant, is a tranquil account of life’s simple pleasures from a child’s point of view: watching the sun cross the sky, planting a seed with a friendly squirrel, taking a nap, going for a walk.

The book is one of those literary objects so immaculate it feels like portable art. Rylant’s text is loving and poetic, a perfect match for McClure’s richly expressive illustrations. The pictures also contain the requisite dose of wildness that is necessary to stoke young imaginations. The Cinder Gallery summed it up well when they wrote that “Nikki’s images exude a positivity that revolves around community, sustenance, parenting, and appreciating both the urban and rural landscape, undoubtedly influenced by her home in the Northwest and specifically Olympia.”

As if McClure’s art didn’t already define her as an awesome individual, she was a key artist in the Riot Grrrl movement and, according to her gallery, “still embodies the fiercely independent fire that fueled the passion and creativity of that time period.” Anyone need a role model?